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we owe it to all victims' families, the vow to do everything in our power to prevent tragedy. as an example, the text of the resolution, it focuses on the original mandate of the report, not the mission that was asked to be carried out by the investigators. i'm disappointed the committee did not -- justice goldstone did not agree to take on the investigation until it was agreed to that all conduct of all parties would be investigated. this is one many flawed parts of the resolution. the united states will remain a true friend to our ally, israel. so let us call for an open and honest debate with the reputable justice goldstone. let us not act in haste to pass a resolution that in no way achieve our ultimate goal of achieving a lasting peace for israelis and palestinians. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. ellison: may i inquire as
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to the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has one 3/4 minutes remaining. mr. ellison: i yield one minute to the gentleman from massachusetts. >> i ask permission to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> this resolution should not be coming before us. there is an anti-israel bias in the united nations, but it should be the responsibility of every member of this house to bring it back to the peace talk table. this resolution does not do that. this resolution heightens the rhetoric of division. regardless of what you think of the goldstone report, it makes an important recommendation that it is incumbent on israelis and palestinian, particularly hamas to carry out investigations on actions by their force that led to the harm and loss of civilians. i regret we're not calling on all parties to return to the
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peace tables so the rockets and bombs may be silenced in the middle east once and for all. i regret that this resolution is on the house floor because it re-emphasizes the po czar sleighs -- polarization of the middle east. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognize plsmed ellison: i'm going to take these last few minutes to close. as i do, i'd like to first of all have entered into the record a letter from israeli human rights organizations, including rabbis for human rights and volunteers for human rights. i'd also like to enter into the record the goldstone report itself this document, 574 pages, which i hope members will take the opportunity to read. i can't yield with the short
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time i have. >> i object. to put the goldstone report in the record. the speaker pro tempore: the objection is heard. mr. ellison: the point is, i've already received unanimous consent and do intend to enter the document into the record. what i ask for from all sides, it's clear that everybody in this body is concerned about peace in the middle east. we all have to assume best intentions from everyone and we have to look to this issue with a mind toward helping israel and the palestinians to come to a lasting peace, two states, two people, in security, side-by-side. i don't think this resolution helps us achieve that. is so i'll be vote no and i urge my colleague to do likewise. >> if the gentleman will yield, i want to know how much it will cost taxpayers to put the gold stobe report in the
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congressional record. the speaker pro tempore: will the gentleman state his inquiries. >> wouldn't members have the opportunity to introduce extraneous material without asking unanimous consent at the moment of request. in other words, i think the gentlelady's objection is out of place. my belief is we had unanimous consent at the outset. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman have a further parliamentary inquiry. >> i do. with respect to the parliamentarian, general leave may be obtained is cryptic. my belief is that the conditions of this at the outset of this debate, members were given the authority to introduce extraneous material. without having to ask for unanimous consent. in other words the gentlelady's objection is irrelevant and --
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>> would the gentleman yields. the speaker pro tempore: general leave -- -- general leave may be obtained. it is subject to page limits. >> is it not correct that i sought and received unanimous consent for extraneous material to be introduced into the record related to this? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. >> further parliamentary inquiry, is it not correct that with the exception of items introduced of more than a certain page where then the cost has to be established and we've sought that large items can be put into the record is part of that snams consent. the speaker pro tempore: general leave is subject to certain page limits. >> parliamentary inquir rhythm the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady may state her inquiry. >> is it correct that after a certain number of pages, there will be a cost estimate for the
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printing in the record. this report is 575 pages. i'm wondering of the cost to the taxpayers for the printing of this biased report? the speaker pro tempore: general leave is subject to a page limit. the gentleman from california. ms. ros-lehtinen: if the gentleman will yield, i want to be clear, when you asked under general leave for unanimous consent, i will object to that. for the printing of the record. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has objected. the gentleman from california is recognized. the gentleman has five minutes
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remaining. mr. ellison: further parliamentary inquiry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota's time has expired. the gentleman from california. >> parliamentary inquiry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. >> is it my understanding that the gentleman from minnesota lost time because of the pafrlmentry inquiry. the speaker pro tempore: no. his time has expired. >> thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: madam speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields himself five minutes. mr. berman: the question is raised by several opposing speakers, why are we doing this now? what's the rush? and the only rush. because i prefer we have more
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time. i prefer we have more discussion. is that tomorrow the general assembly in its rush to adopt a resolution to send this matter to the security council and to the criminal courts if there's not an investigation within 90 days is speaking to a judgment and i personally think it's very important for us to act on this matter before the general assembly meets, debates, and votes. secondly, there have been glowing tribute, i'm sure they're deserved, to the record, the resume, the judgment, the reputation of justice goldstone.
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a wonderful jurist can issue a flawed report. i would suggest to -- this is such a situation. next -- let's talk about the human rights commission. the u.n. human rights council is obsessed with israel. they have had 24 negative resolutions on israel in its three years of existence which totals more than every other resolution on any other country regardless of their human rights regard in total. 24 in israel, less on all the other countries of the world. it is the only country which is on the permanent agenda of the human rights council. and is discussed every year automatically. the only country. now, we corrected what i think were some inaccuracies in the
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initial language regarding the mandate and we recognize the efforts. never as my ranking member points out to formally change the mandate but for justice goldstone to operate. i will not rest my opposition, my support for this resolution and my disagreement with the opponents simply based on the reputation and conduct of the human rights council. the fact is i truly believe the report is flawed. and i'm going to take a moment, couple of moments, to quote from this coming week's new republic. an article, i want to quote two paragraphs which i think reflect better than i could even say -- better than i could say on my own the problem here. and ask my colleagues to come to grips with this. the commission, that is the goldstone report, wrote that it -- he writes, they could have performed a great service if it had concentrated on gathering
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the testimonies from gaza and assessing them critically. while acknowledging as the gold stone report failed to do that they are partial and incomplete. by definition they did not talk for reasons that we all know, they did not talk to the israeli forces that were involved in the crimes this commission found them to have committed this. would have forced israel to investigate various matters, provide answers, and take appropriate measures. but instead the commission opted to add to its findings three unnecessary elements, the context that led to the war, it's assessment of israel's strategic goals, and long segments of israel's occupation on the west bank. why should a committee with the mandate to inquire into the operation of gaza deal with the israeli-palestinian conflict at large. the honest reader of these sections, and we have read these sections, cannot avoid the
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impression that their objective is to prepare a gentleman diamond of israel as a predatory state that is geared towards violating human rights all the time and will natural follow from such a premise that the gaza operation was yet another instance of israel's general wicked behavior. these long sections are the weakest, most biased, and most outrageous -- in this long document. they are nothing if not political. in goldstone's account of the history that led to the war, hamas is basically described as a legitimate party that had the bad luck to clash with israel. the bloody history of the movement which since the beginning of the oslo accords was determined to do everything in its power, including the massacre of civilians, to defeat the peace process. that is hamas, is not mentioned in that context. we are in a very strange situation. israel is conducting numerous
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investigation nouse on this issue. i would like to see israel conduct a formal inquiry on this particular issue, but until we in this congress come here and recommend that some outside commission recognize the u.s. military because a number of civilians died in the war where we killed or -- the taliban forces in afghanistan or other issues that come in an asymmetrical war where the soldiers wear no uniforms, don't start telling democratic ally -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. berman: their process will produce the right result. i urge an aye vote for the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 867 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. ms. ros-lehtinen: madam speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you. on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for pose does the gentleman from massachusetts rise? mr. mcgovern: i send to the desk two privileged reports from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the the resolutions. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 884, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 3639, to amend the credit card accountability, responsibility, and disclosure act of 2009 to establish an earlier effective date for various consumer protections, and for other purposes.
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report to accompany house resolution 885, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 2868, to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to extend, modify, and recodify the authority of the secretary of homeland security to enhance security and protect against acts of terrorism against chemical facilities, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. h.res. 867 by the yeas and nays. h.r. 3157 by the yeas and nays. h.res. 736 de novo. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15 tsh minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes.
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the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. berman, to suspend the rules and agree to h.res. 867 as amend on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 867, resolution calling on the president and the secretary of state to oppose unequivocally any endorsement or further consideration of the report of the united nations fact-finding mission on the gaza conflict in multilateral fora. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote --
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 344, the nays are 36. present, 22. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker: the house will come to order. the chair would ask all present to rise for the purpose of a moment of silence.
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the chair asks that the house now observe a moment of silence in remembrance of our brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives in the service of our nation in iraq and afghanistan and to their families and of all who serve in our armed forces and their families.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, five-minute voting will continue. the unfinished business on the motion of the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3057 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3157 a bill to name the department of veterans affairs in alexandria, minnesota, as the max j. melky department of veterans' affairs. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by
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the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 398. the nays are zero. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the unfinished business is the
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question on suspend the rules and agreeing to house resolution 736 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: house resolution 736. resolution honoring president lincoln's gettysburg address on dedication day, november 19, 2009. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the resolution. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- >> on this i ask for the yeas and nays, a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute,
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inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 390. the nays are zero.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 393. the nays are zero. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 509, an act to authorize a major medical facility project at the department of veterans affairs medical center, walla walla, washington, and for other washington, and for other purposes.
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the speakerill postponevotes on which yeas and nays are ordered or on which there is objection on clouse 6, rule 20. record votes will be taken later. members, please clear the well. the house will be in order.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. berman: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules -- the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. mr. berman: i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution h. res. 641 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 641, resolution recognizing the 60th anniversary of the founding of radio free europe/radio liberty. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule -- the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. pursuant to the rule, the
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gentleman from california, mr. berman and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, each will control 20 minutes. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: i ask unanimous consent that will all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized mr. berman: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h. res. 641 and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: this resolution celebrates 60 years of broadcasting history and the continuing mission of an effective instrument of public diplomacy. radio free europe was established in 1949 by the national committee for a free
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europe, an anti-communist organization and made its first broadcast on july 4 of the next year. from its start, the organization approached the cold war as a war of ideas, pushing back on propoganda that was being spread by autocratic governments behind the iron curtain. as it grew, its purpose became the more urgent as broadcasts were banned and communityist authorities used jamming techniques to keep their citizens from tuning in. those authorities relied on secret transcripts of radio free europe radio liberty programs so they could have better information about what was happening in their own countries than their own national media could provide. many paid tribute to the role that the american radio programs had played.
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listening to broadcasts in secret said their influence cannot be described, asking would there be an earth without the sun. it is located in the very country to the country at this time beamed its first broadcast. the organization serves as a surrogate broadcaster where uncensored or unreliable information is hard to come by. using short wave and satellite radio as well as the internet and newer social media tools, it reaches an estimated 30 million people. in eastern europe, russia, the caucuses of the middle east and central and southwest asia. its programs in farsi under the banner are widely followed in iran. radio is providing current events in afghanistan and it will begin language broadcasts
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to the troubled afghanistan-pakistan border region, including the swat valley. mr. speaker, as this resolution notes, it has a proven history of promoting freedom and liberty in oppressive and autocratic regimes through news broadcast based on the principle that the first requirement of democracy is a well informed citizenry. h. res. 641 congratulates the organization on six decades of helping to keep the freedom alive in history's darkest hours and salute the men and women to their free flow of information. i commend the author of this resolution, ms. ros-lehtinen, and encourage its support. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i thank mies teamed chairman for his words and i join him in the declaration of support for the work of radio free europe and radio liberty. as we know, radio free europe and radio liberty was established 60 years ago and was a powerful voice for freedom in the battle of ideas against communist tyranny. the former polish president and former president of the czech republic have testified that by means of its broadcast of unbiased and independent news programs behind the iron curtain, radio free europe and radio liberty played a vital role in the collapse of the soviet union. the soviet kgb and warsaw pact intelligence service saw the
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threat posed, a threat they posed to their communist regimes and conducted massive operations to foil its operations. they resorted to violence. in just two instances, radio free europe bulgaria's foreign correspondent was believed to have been murdered by intelligence services and six radio free europe radio liberty employees were critically injured when a bomb paid for by row manian security services exploded at the headquarters of radio free europe radio liberty headquarters in munich, west germany. as our generation engages in yet another battle of ideas, radio free europe, radio liberty continues to prove its worth. radio free europe, radio liberty's broadcasts in 28 different languages, reach people in 20 countries
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throughout southeastern europe, russia, the middle east and central and south asia. radio free europe and radio liberty's afghanistan service is now the most popular media program in that country. and it intends to expand next year to reach the afghanistan-pakistan border region, providing a much needed source of independent and accurate news to compete with the rhetoric of the extremists in that area. today radio free europe and radio liberty and its personnel continue to suffer attacks, some mounted in new ways. just last year, for example, a new style of attack, a cyber attack, was mounted against the belarusan radio free europe to prevent the broadcast of a rally against the regime in that country.
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in the more traditional style of attack, an american-ire ranian journalist was convicted to a year in prison and her mother was threatened with eviction from her housing unit because of the anti-revolutionary work, which radio free europe radio slibt's iranian's news service. radio free europe and radio liberty journalist was tortured by authorities who tried to coerce him in signing a pledge that he would stop working for radio free europe and then detained him against his will and put him in a government-run psychiatric center. journalists such as these who work for radio free europe, radio liberty are heroes fighting with determination for freedom. i am proud to have authored this
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resolution in recognition of their brave efforts and proud of radio free europe, radio liberty's six decades of service in the promotion of freedom. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: glosm florida reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i yield such time as he may consume to the the gentleman from california, mr. royce, ranking member on the foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. royce, is recognized. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. and i rise in support of this resolution of which i'm a co-sponsor. and to note that for 60 years, radio free europe/radio liberty
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has been a free press for societies' suffering authoritarian rule and that's the intent. it has said that this model of surrogate broadcasting irritates authoritarian regimes, inspires democrats and creates greater space for civil society and that's the goal. many have testified to the role that the radio has played in bringing down the iron curtain. in noting in the resolution, warsaw parkt intelligence went to great lengths to silence these broadcasts and we heard about some of the correspondents that were murdered and headquarters that were bombed. it has expanded its work to countries that are critical to today's national security challenges. and shortly after september 11, the house passed legislation establishing radio free
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afghanistan, r.f.e.'s brand in that country. i authored that legislation. and today, with 50% market share, it is the most popular radio station in the country, offering an alternative to the taliban's dark leaflets and the type of radio that people hear in that part of central asian south asia from the taliban. the iranian regime has targeted the broadcasts and have spent a lot of money to jam the broadcasts and they have still managed to provide valuable coverage of the recent uprising there, allowing iranian democrats to know that they aren't alone. these broadcasts are all the more important now that the administration has muffled itself when it comes to the iranian democratic movement. as it trims back on programs supporting democracy seeking
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iranians, one expert notes that the administration views the green revolution as a wrench in the works of nuclear negotiations with the iranian regime. these broadcasts could be gaitly come pleamented by the white house bully pulpit and they aren't. a divide between the broadcasters and the diplomats is not new, frankly. in the 1960's, washington moved to improve relations with romania despite its abysmal human rights records. i would ask for an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: but it kept a spotlight on them irritating some of the diplomats. it keeps a spotlight on iran's transgressions and this resolution commends the
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employees and reporters of radio free europe and radio liberty for their services and acknowledges their sacrifices just as the communist police took steps to prevent the troops from penetrating their house of lies, so has the iranian regime. the iranian government harrises the journalists at its headquarters and their families. those inside iran who might provide the station with information have been threatened. this fall to young journalists who were killed and went into a coma when their car was struck by a bomb. this is the war happening today. radio free europe/radio liberty are keeping us in the game as technology evolves. they can and need to do better while staying true to their support for freedom and human rights and for the rule of law. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i thank the gentleman from california for his statements. i have no further request for time and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 641 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 -- mr. berman: on that, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of
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rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, h.res. 839, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 839, resolution condemning the illegal extraction of madagascar's natural resources. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. berman, and the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, each will control 20 minutes. the gentleman from california is recognized for 20 minutes. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i rise -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. berman: mr. speaker, rise in strong support of h.res. 839, a resolution introduced by the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, which condemns the illegal extraction of mass gar cass -- madagascar's natural resources and -- on march 17, the democratically elected president of madagascar was forced from office in a coup. and replaced by a man who remains in power today. over the past seven months, the political situation has remained tenuous as discussions between both sides continue over the possibility of new elections. meanwhile policies pursued by the de facto government have done terrible harm to madagascar's fragile ecosystem which boasts up to 150,000 unique species of plants and animals. on september 21 the government permitted 13 operators to export 325 containers filled with raw
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and semiprocessed woods. the government reportedly earned almost $12 million in taxes from these transactions. the world wildlife fund cons, conservation international and the wildlife conservation society condemned the decision as legalizing the sale of illegally cut and collected wood onto market. this decision came on top of months of illeem activities and violent actions -- illegal activities and violent actions in madagascar's forests. since political turmoil began in january, local communities and officials have performed -- reported that armed groups have entered the preevenly protected sites and a biosphere reserve. the n.g.o. global witness reports that 7,000 cubic meters of rosewood and ebony have been shipped out of madagascar since the beginning of the year. these actions harm not only madagascar's environment but the local communities that depend on
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the forests for their income. without this revenue, communities may be forced to resort to slash and burn agriculture, thus furthering damaging madagascar's sensitive ecosystem. i commend my friend and colleague, mr. blumenauer, for bringing this resolution and this issue before the congress and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. mr. poe: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i rise in total support of h.res. 839 which condemns the march of 2009 coup in madagascar and subsequent upsurge in the illegal extraction of madagascar's natural resources. due to its geography, madagascar holds one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems on the planet. according to world wildlife fund, 92% of madagascar's reptiles, 68% of its plant life
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and 98% of its land mammals are unique to madagascar. existing nowhere else on earth. one need only take a page to the latest issue of "national gee he graphic" to be expired -- inspired -- "geographic" to be inspired. not to mention the stone forests, a designated world heritage site where new species are being discovered on a regular basis. with such unique biodiversity, ecotourism obviously hold as great potential to help lift madagascar's population out of its poverty. realizing this opportunity, the government in 2003 set aside 3% of the island for national parks and reserves while endeavoring to stem illegal lauging and assist rural populations in developing sustainleble farming methods. in april, 2009, the millennium
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challenge corporation signed a combact with madagascar, the very first combact to assist poor rural farmers in transition from substantive agriculture to a market economy while promoting environmental sustainability. by all accounts, great progress was being made in reducing rural poverty while promoting conservation. unfortunately, much of that progress has been dashed since march of 2009 when an illegal coup displaced the elected president of madagascar in favor of a former disk jockey and mayor of the capital city who is not even old enough to hold office pursuant toed in a gas car's own constitution -- pursuant to madagascar's own constitution. it has been characterized by deadly protests and serious human rights abuses. the community was forced withdraw support from the government and critical assistance including from the m.c.c. compact that was terminated. madagascar was also suspended from the african union and the
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regional southern african development community. illegal logging, mining and smuggling of wildlife in officially protected areas has intensified as criminal networks exploit political instability and impoverished madagascar in rural areas struggling to survive. h.res. 839 as amended condemns the coup and the subsequent upsurge in the extraction of madagascar's resources. it laments the impact these illegal activities are having on conservation and poverty reduction efforts and calls for a boycott of certain wood products and to a constitutional order -- until constitutional order is restored. i commend the gentleman from oregon for introducing this timely resolution which deserves our support. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: yes, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the author of the resolution, who brought this to my attention less than two weeks
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ago, the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon voiced. blumenauer -- for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: thank you, thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman berman, for your courtesy and for the prompt action of the committee. i deeply appreciate the bipartisan support and the quick turnaround that we've had from both sides of the aisle on the committee. it is important to move quickly and i deeply appreciate putting this on the agenda. the irreplaceable role of healthy forests as haven for resources demands that we fight against and reverse a global legacy of environmental pillaging. illegal logging and resource extraction is not just about environmental decimation, with watershed pollution, loss of biodiversity and increased carbon emissions. it's about human loss as well. the local communities left devastated without resources for its survival and for their
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future and beyond to everyone on the planet. we all benefit from the medicines, the carbon capture and species diversity that these forests provide. for years it's been a personal project of mine to work against the illegal logging trade. to make sure that the united states can lead by example and stop our own demand for illegally logged wood, i was pleased that our legal timber protection act was incorporated in legislation signed into law by president bush last year. the united states government is now empowered to ask where imported wood and plants actually come from to promote legal harvest. yet the illegal trade continues. last month with chairman payne and chairman faleomavaega, i introduced this legislation to condemn the extraction of madagascar's resources. as has been pointed out by my two colleagues, madagascar hosts some of this plan's greatest
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diversity. it's an island larger than the state of california, it broke off from the african mainland 160 million years ago, thus spawning the biological laboratory that my colleagues reference, the diversity of plants and animals found nowhere else, massive trees, there are more than 100 species alone of lemurs and sadly the majority of madagascar's people are trapped in a cycle of poverty. less than $2 a day, it's why the united states did step forward with the first millennium challenge program. and protection of these incredible and unique resources only 10% of which remain could be key to a sustainable and economically secure future. as has been referenced on the floor, the political turmoil is putting the honest livelihoods of many, as well as our planet
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greas greatest treasure in extreme peril. political instability breeds corruption and mismanagement. 20 years of partnership with the united states government and n.g.o.'s that have resulted in more management and preservation is being undone in a matter of months. the de facto regime is using the endangered resources to boost its regime and has issued sweeping decrees allowing the harvest and export of woods from protected forests and world heritage sites. the reports from madagascar are dire and detail rampant illegal logging, mining and resource degradation. traffickers smuggle out record numbers of the world's rarester to toyses to asian and european collectors, poachers kill and roast scores of leemers for restaurants. armed loggers -- lemurs for
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restaurants. armed loggers cut down wood for furniture. the media has detailed this ongoing destruction. activities that not only deny access to basic resources to locals, they degrade the country's thriving ecotourism industry which brought in almost $400 million badly needed last year. the united states has condemned the current government, spended all nonhumanitarian aid and terminated assistance from the aforementioned millennium development corporation compact. i am pleased that we will join today with the world wildlife fund, the conservation international, the wildlife conservation society, all of whom have denounced this wholesale exploitation of these precious resources. i am pleased, mr. speaker, that we are moving forward. i deeply thank the prompt action and bipartisan support for this
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legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from california, mr. royce, the ranking member of the foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. royce, is recognized for the time that he may consume. mr. royce: -- mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this resolution which condemns the illegal extraction of madagascar's natural resources. although it does so without identifying who's doing the extracting which i think i'd like to comment on. i have traveled to madagascar and as the co-chairman of the international conservation caucus i have seen the pristine habitat of this island. it has got a very unique biodiversity as has been mentioned. 90% of the species there are endemic of that island and
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that's one of the reasons a lot of people call madagascar the eighth continent is because it is so unique in that way. the inhabitants that have island rely very heavily on that biodiversity and on biotourism as an industry. the biotourism draws about $400 billion a year. so preserving madagascar's unique beauty is important not just from an ecological standpoint, it's also very critical as an economic necessity, basically, for many of the inhabitants of that island. and rightfully this resolution condemns the act, it condemns the litany of natural resource degradation that's occurred. but it's important that it mentions the plundering of precious forests. unfortunately from my standpoint there's no mention of who's
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doing the plundering or where these resources are being sold. and from my standpoint, this would be similar to condemning an act of terror without naming the terrorists. this resolution would be greatly strengthened by including such information. reports that i have read from global witness identify rosewood taken out of a national park as being for sale in china. that is the destination of the illegal logging. . i chaired the african subcommittee for eight years and i can tell you the picture of china in africa is not pretty
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and this action in madagascar is one more example of it. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: we have no other speakers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i have no further speakers and i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the ruse and agree to house resolution 839 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the resolution is agreed to. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: i object to the vote on the ground that a quorum is not
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present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. berman: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution h. res. 711 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 711, resolution calling on the united states government and the international community to address the human rights and humanitarian needs of sri lanka's tamil internally displaced persons currently living in government-run cam presidents by supporting the release of such i.d.p.'s implementing and facilitating an independent oversight of the process of release and
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resettlement and allowing foreign aid groups to provide relief and resources to such i.d.p.'s. the gentleman from e the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. berman and the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, will each have 20 minutes. mr. berman: i ask unanimous consent that members have five legislative days to insert extraneous material under consideration. this resolution calls upon the government of sri lanka to release its internally displaced ta mill -- tamil population and begin the process of reconciliation. there was a long civil war between the government of sri lanka and the tigers of tamil.
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while the united states and international community welcomed the end of this bloody war and congratulate the government of sri lanka on its military victory, it is now time for the government to release hundreds of thousands of tamils from the camps where they have been confined. the government of sri lanka has made great progress in demining the northern part of the country to allow the successful return of the tamil population. with the time line previously provided to the international community, having come and gone, it must take the next step and provide the international community with a transparent and implementable road map for the release of the remaining i.d.p.'s. for the safety of its own citizens who seek a return, the government of via lanchinga --
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sri lanka turn the government over to the authorities and allow access to the united nations, international committee of the red cross and other groups. it is long since time to turn the page and hand in hand begin a new life together as citizens of a whole peaceful sri lanka. but doing so would require the government to support a genuine reconciliation process, one that extends beyond local elections and to make an effort to understand and address the legitimate concerns of its tamil citizens. i commend the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, for introducing this important and timely resolution and i urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting it. mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. mr. poe: i yield myself such time as i may consume the speaker pro tempore: i rise in support of house resolution
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711 as amended arbitration measure calling attention to the displaced tamil citizens in sri lanka. they have cordial relations based upon large part of democratic traditions. the united states has been a friend of sri lanka and there is no doubt we have stood with their people and the fight against terrorism. as members are aware, sri lanka waged a long conflict against the libberation tigers. it is a separatist group that has been been designated as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997. for nearly 30 years, they claimed to have represented the aspirations of all the people of virlanchinga and -- via lanchinga and pine eered the bomb jacket.
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and they are responsible for assassinations including the former indian prime minister as well as 200 suicide attacks. during that struggle, the united states was a supporter of sri lanka's efforts to stop the flow of arms and financing to the ltte by providing law enforcement assistance and providing training and equipment to help sri lanka's military defend itself against the military actions of the ltte. the world witnessed the successon of fighting and the conclusion of its long-run insurgency. this conflict cost tens of thousands of lives, uprooted thousands from their homes, left thousands maimed or wounded and badly divided this nation. the united states remains deeply concerned for the welfare of the hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons
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uprooted by the current fighting. congress recognizes the tremendous loss of life and hardships endured by the civilians in northern sri lanka. to help address this many and other urgent needs, the united states has provided some $56 million in humanitarian assistance in 2009. mr. speaker, the department of state has emphasized that while the government of sri lanka has made progress in easing camp congestion registering eternally displaced persons and more work remains to be done to meet its commitment to the return of the majority of the displaced persons by the end of the year. this is the case with monsoon season approaching. we urge the government to allow access to the displaced person cam presidents and work hand in hand with the united nations' high commissioner for refugees, the internal committee for the red cross to ensure that
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civilian i.d.p.'s are accorded the rights and care. the united states stands ready to help the government in these efforts. mr. speaker, the defeat of the ltte offers a chance for sri lanka to have a new beginning and end of terrorism. to seize this opportunity, bottled actions are need todd share power and assure all sri lanka's communities of a future of hope, respect and dignity. as a former u.s. ambassador sri lanka has noted that, such actions, via lampinga can emerge that is rooted in democracy and tolerance where human rights are respected and media can operate freely and independently and all the people of via lampinga can participate in dialogue on the way forward for their country. i hope a reconciliation and healing process will ensure a lasting and end of terrorism in via lampinga and open the way
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for a brighter future for these people. the united states looks forward to working with sri lanka. i support the adoption of this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield four minutes to the the gentleman from illinois, the sponsor of this important resolution, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois, is recognized for four minutes. mr. davis: thank you very much, mr. speaker. and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker and let me first of all express my appreciation to chairman berman for yielding time and also for the expeditious manner in which this measure has been handled. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h. res. 711, a bipartisan resolution calling on the government of sri lanka and
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the international community to address the human rights and humanitarian needs and i urge all members of the body to support it. mr. speaker, in may of 2009, it marked the conclusion of the 26-year struggle between the liberation tigers of tamil and the government of sri lanka. as a result, this war, tens of thousands of the citizens of sri lanka have been displaced and are without homes. the government believes among this displaced group are former liberation tiger militants. as part of the vetting process, the government of sri lanka has set up makeshift camps to house internally displaced persons and allow the government to relocate these suspected militants.
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allegations are being reported that the standard of treatment and the living conditions afforded to people in these camps is grossly inadequate. mr. speaker, the united nations' human rights council 11th special session on sri lanka met on may 27, 2009 to address the internally displaced persons in government-run camps. during this session, the government of sri lanka made commitments to improve conditions for the people housed in these camps and stated that the bulk of these people would be resettled within 180 days. after the first 150 days passed and with little progress, the government of sri lanka has just released some 50,000 people, which is a good first step. although nearly 230,000 internally displaced persons still remain held in camps. so, mr. speaker, i support this
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resolution that calls on the government of sri lanka to release their citizens and allow them to return to their homes and properties. i again urge my colleagues to support the internally displaced persons in their quest for freedom. again, i want to thank chairman berman for his expeditious handling of this matter. i urge its support. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i yield such time as he may consume to the the gentleman from california, mr. royce, the ranking member of the foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. royce, is recognized for the time he may consume. mr. royce: i rise as well in support of this resolution calling on the u.s. government and the international community to address the humanitarian needs of the internally
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displaced tamil community and the needs are very great. the government of sri lanka routed the tigers, a u.s.-designated foreign terrorist organization. this terrorist group has left a bloody trail and that trail has led to our shores. the tamil tigers perfected the use of suicide bombers. they invented the suicide belt and assassinated two world leaders that pioneered the use of women in suicide attacks. the tigers have fund raised in the united states. in recent years, the f.b.i. have arrested men attempting to export shoulder-fired missiles and other sophisticated weapons to the group. frankly, the f.b.i. reports the tamil tigers are among the most dangerous and deadly extremists in the world. an estimated 280,000 tamils were
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displaced from their homes due to the fighting. they are now in refugee camps. the condition of these camps are grim. they're crowded, dirty and lack basic necessities. nmple g.o. reports that come to us show severe water shortages. many tamils have had to line up for up to five hours to receive even meager food rations. it is important that we continue to monitor the human rights situation in these camps. abuses must be checked. although progress has been slow up until recently, i was very pleased to read a bbc report the other day that between 2,000 to 3,000 people are now leaving the camps every day. this is progress, although i'm sure it is not fast enough for some. on this point, i think we should be clear. the government of sri lanka
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should be working to release civilian displaced persons in an expeditious manner, not the terrorist population that may be 10,000 strong hiding out in the camps. these are the same terrorists that used civilians as human shields and employed lethal force to prevent civilians from fleing the previous fighting. the tamil tiger infrastructure must be rooted out even as we support the effort to release the civilian displaced persons in this expeditious manner. thank you, and i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i have no -- i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. poe.
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mr. poe: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 711 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mr. berman: on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: in the opinion of the chair -- mr. berman: i'm sorry, i withdraw that request. the speaker pro tempore: in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to and -- mr. poe: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to h.res. 863 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 836 -- 963, resolution recognizing the scourge of pneumonia, urging the united states and the world to mobilize cooperation and prioritize resources to fight pneumonia and save children's lives and recognizing november 2 as world pneumonia day. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, and the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the united states has repeatedly affirmed its commitment to reducing child mortality. we have endorsed the u.n.
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millennium development goals, one of which is to reduce by 2/3 between 1990 and 2015 the under 5 mortality rate. we know about the scourge of hunger and the disastrous impacts of diseases like aids, malaria and measles on children around the world. but many people are not aware that more children die of pneumonia than any other illness. every 15 seconds a child dies from pneumonia. about two million children each year. it is estimated that more than 150 million episodes of pneumonia occur every year of children under the age of 5 in developing countries, accounting for more than 95% of all new cases worldwide. yet pneumonia is preventable. it's a treatable illness. a life can be saved with antibiotics that cost less than $1. it's really outrageous that we have the ability to save lives
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and we don't because the money is not used for it. sadly, according to unicef, fewer than 20% of children suffering from pneumonia receive these antibiotics which they so desperately need and despite the fact that pneumonia kills more children under 5 than aids, malaria and measles combined, it is -- it has received far less attention and funding than any of them. pneumonia can be treated if it is recognized and diagnosed early. yet fewer than 25% of caregivers in the developing world are trained to identify the two tell tale symptoms of pneumonia. fast and difficult breathing. to raise awareness of these distressing statistics and to build support for addressing the problem, world pneumonia day is recognized annually on november 2. that was yesterday. and yesterday organizations and countries across the globe joined forces in support of the
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first ever world pneumonia day. i'm proud to report in new york city where i live more than 100 leaders in science, politics and global health, including the earth institute of columbia university, convened a global pneumonia summit. the resolution before us, h.r. 863, reaffirms our commitment into national child survival and development programs that focus on protection, prevention and treatment of pneumonia. i commend the distinguished jo from new hampshire, ms. shea-porter, for introducing this resolution and i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. poe: i rise in support of this resolution in moania's the leading cause of death among children -- this resolution. pneumonia's the leading cause of death among children worldwide. it kills approximately 1.8 million children every year under the age of 5. most of those deaths occur in impoverished areas of countries in regions such as subsaharan africa, south asia, where infants are particularly vulnerable. ironically, despite its tremendous negative impact on child survival, it's a preventable and treatable illness. it is a tragedy that a treatable disease still causes so much pain and suffering around the world. but it also is an illness that does not receive enough attention, despite the fact that among children it can be addressed effectively through prevention and low cost medical approaches. in developing countries, for example, only one in five caregivers know how to recognize the key symptoms of the onset of pneumonia.
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as a result, half the children who are infected with pneumonia quite simply do not receive timely or adequate medical treatment and care. it is therefore possible to increase the rates of child survival by educating caregivers on the key symptoms of pneumonia and by broadening such children's access to inexpensive antibiotics, among other things. the world health organization reports that the number of lives that could be saved could more than double. mr. speaker, reducing the occurrence of pneumonia is a critical step toward reducing child mortality. this resolution reaffirms our commitment to child survival through prevention and treatment of childhood pneumonia. finally this resolution also commends those health care professionals who are serving on the front lines of this illness and recognize november 2 as world pneumonia day. mr. speaker, i urge the passage of this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. shea-porter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new hampshire is recognized for three minutes. ms. shea-porter: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank chairman berman and ranking member ros-lehtinen and their staff for their support and work on this resolution. it's important for the house to -- house of representatives to recognize the devastating toll that pneumonia takes on children around the world and i'm proud we're considering this resolution today. yesterday marked the first annual world pneumonia day. almost 100 global health organizations joined together to bring awareness to this terrible disease. the world's leading killer of children, pneumonia is undernoticed, underfunded and undertreated. this disease kills four million people each year, two million of them children. it takes the life of more children under the age of 5 than measles, malaria and aids combined. every 15 seconds a child dies of pneumonia. the horror of this disease is
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that it is so preventable and treatable. consider these facts. studies in developing countries indicate that only one in four caregivers know the two key symptoms of pneumonia. fast and difficult breathing. this leads to pneumonia going untreated, which is deadly. fewer than 1/3 of the children who develop pneumonia receive the antibiotics they need to fight the illness, even though the antibiotics are available for less than $1. half the cases of pneumonia that occur could be prevented by ensuring that these children have access to the vaccines they need. mr. speaker, these facts paint a bleak picture. millions of lives are being lost each year when they could be saved. they could be saved by international cooperation to educate and train caregivers, they could be saved if people could just have access to the vaccines and medications they need. my resolution affirms this body's commitment to saving these lives by supporting programs that focus on the protection, prevention and
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treatment of pneumonia. it commends the health professionals across the globe who every day work in the world's poorest countries to treat and care for the victims of pneumonia. and it reaffirms the united states' commitment to reducing child mortality. finally this resolution recognizes world pneumonia day in doing so, the house of representatives joins with dozens of global health organizations working to raise the awareness of this disease and to focus resources on protection, prevention and treatment. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to encourage international corporation to combat this disease. life can and should be saved -- lives can and should be saved. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i yield
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back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 863 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules -- for other purposes the gentleman rise? mr. engel: -- for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. engel: mr. speaker, on that i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise? mr. engel: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to resolution h.res. 858. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 858, resolution congratulating the interamerican foundation,
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i.a.f., on its 40th anniversary and recognizing its significant accomplishments and contributions. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, and the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. engel. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the resolution under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 858, a resolution that i authored congratulating the interamerican foundation or the i.a.f. on its 40th anniversary and i yield myself as much time as i may consume. i first of all want to thank foreign affairs committee chairman howard berman and ranking member ileana ros-lehtinen for their support of this resolution. and i am particularly grateful to connie mack, the ranking member of the western hemisphere subcommittee, of the house foreign affairs committee, which
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i chair, for being my co-lead on this resolution. over the years, the interamerican foundation has enabled millions of marginalized and poor people in latin america and the caribbean to improve their lives through grants promoting income and employment generation, civic education and citizen participation, access to credit and public resources, food security, environmental sustainability and cultural and social development. during democratic and republican administrations alike, the i.a.f. has been an important model of grassroots foreign assistance in latin america and the caribbean. furthermore it is a vital component of the united states foreign policy in the americas and of the united states development agenda. as chairman of the western hemisphere subcommittee, i have had the pleasure of visiting interamerican foundation projects throughout the region. in latin america, in the caribbean, both places. in ecuador, i visited with a community cooperation and action

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